Meadows: President Trump has mild symptoms, remains in good spirits

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are both experiencing mild symptoms but remain in good spirits following their diagnosis of COVID-19.

Meadows briefed reporters on Friday following the monthly jobs report showed the national unemployment rate fell below 8% in the month of September.

“Unfortunately, that’s not what everybody’s focused on this morning. As all of you know, the president and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19. They remain in good spirits. The president does have mild symptoms and as we look to try to make sure that not only his health and safety and welfare is good, we continue to look at that for all of the American people.”

Meadows said the president was also “very energetic” and he was assigned tasks from the president earlier in the morning regarding talks on coronavirus relief and the status of the economy. 

“The doctors continue to monitor both his health and the health of the first lady. We’ll continue to do that. They’ll be glad to provide some updates later today as we look at this.”

He also said that the core team in the White House are getting tested as well, as they typically do every day. Meadows also rebuffed questions of the president’s treatment, leaving that information for doctors and official updates.